Smoking Weed In Sobriety
I remember the first time I heard it. I was at an AA meeting listening to a middle-aged man share. He spoke about honesty and the importance of working the steps. He talked a good talk. I was still thinking about what he’d said when the person sitting next to me, nudged my leg. I turned to her and she rolled her eyes.
Clearly, she’d seen something that I hadn’t.
I looked again, but the man had already sat down.
I turned to the woman beside me and shrugged. She mouthed, “Pot head.”
Rather judgmental, I thought to myself.
In the meetings half time, she explained that the man who was speaking, was on the ‘marijuana maintenance’ program. There was a marijuana maintenance program? I was confused. How could that be? I’d never heard such a thing before.
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The meeting ended with the serenity prayer. As I was stacking chairs, I noticed that the man who spoke had slipped out the back door. It was smoker’s corner, and every meeting had one.
I finished stacking chairs and walked out after him. I’d just quit smoking cigarettes, so it was a dangerous place for me to be. I stood outside with the smokers feeling embarrassed. I didn’t want the others to notice that I was checking up on this guy.
Through the gray haze I scanned his face, searching for the tell-tale signs. His eyes were red, but it was smoky. He didn’t engage with any of the other smokers, instead he inhaled his cigarette at warp speed. I’m not sure why I felt the need to be doing this. It was important to me for no other reason, then this was an honest program, and if he was stoned, he wasn’t being honest.
In fact, in my mind, he was dangerous.
If I could make smoking dope okay in sobriety, I could make doing anything else okay, too.
I watched longingly as he inhaled his cigarette, the tip burning cherry-red. The suspect sober/stoned guy – butted his cigarette out against his boot heel and then flicked the butt into the can, which was being used as an ashtray. He sauntered back in the door and disappeared.
An old timer noticed my confused look and crooked a finger at me.
As we walked back into the church, I talked to him about my confusion. He let me run on. When I’d finished, he spoke. He reminded me of the third tradition.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Third tradition didn’t state anything about smoking weed with marijuana vaporizer we find now at Higher Grounds, or popping pills, or any of the other many ways we can over stimulate the pleasure pathway, inside our brain.
Third tradition only requires a desire to stop drinking. You don’t even have to be stopped. You just have to desire it.
When you take away the alcohol, you have a lot of recovering alcoholics running around looking for their next sugar fix. Third tradition doesn’t say anything about sugar, either.
However, there is a big difference – at least in my mind – between eating too many donuts and smoking pot. Although I imagine smoking pot leads too eating more donuts, it also leads to something far more dangerous.
Dishonest thinking, which is also known as stinking thinking.
Stinking thinking is what gets you into this mess in the first place.
Since then, I’ve seen very few successfully recovered, stoned, AA members. Almost all of them go back out.
But we’re dealing with alcoholics here, and some like to play the odds. While a minor percent of pot smokers in recovery might be living successfully, the majority of them, aren’t.
Why play Russian roulette with a loaded gun?
I don’t define my sobriety by what I don’t drink, or use, although that’s a part of it. But the majority of sobriety is about changing unhealthy behaviors and dealing with your ISM.
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ISM’s are all those sneaky little buggers like: lying, cheating, stealing, manipulating, procrastinating, blaming, avoiding, denying, exaggerating, gossiping, self-centeredness, excuses, self-pity, grandiosity, abusing, and any of the other unhealthy behaviors, that go hand in hand with addiction.
It’s alcohol-ISM – not wasim, folks.
The ISM is what takes you back to using, every single time.
If you’re sober, you already have the prize. For this gal, life doesn’t get any better than this. There are days I wake up and want to pinch myself. I am living the dream.
I don’t need to be stoned. Not even, a little.
The high I found in recovery is better than any chemically induced high, I’ve ever been on. And it doesn’t come with a hangover, or broken hearts.
Personally I think if you’re smoking pot in recovery, you haven’t done the work. Your ISM’s are still running the show.
Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. Take another toke, and you’ll see the old familiar curve of that turning point – The one that leads to all roads, ‘back out.’
Truth is, you’re already there. Sobriety is precious.
If you’re smoking pot, I have a news flash for you. You’re not sober, you’re stoned! You still have a long, long way, to go.
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Lorelie Rozzano talks about her time at an AA meeting, and observing individuals who were trying to achieve sobriety, but yet also smoking weed.
What is Haze cannabis ?
The Haze family line is one of the most THC-potent strains that cannabis has to offer. It is adored for its uplifting, euphoric, and even psychedelic mental experience while allowing the user to remain physically active.
HAZE STRAINS — THEIR HISTORY AND ORIGINS
Haze strains are among the most popular sativa-dominant, or nearly pure sativa hybrids. Cannabis smokers all over the world enjoy Hazes for their long-lasting, energetic head high that doesn’t glue them to the couch. They also like them for their outstanding aromas, which often blend intense spicy notes with fruity, sweet and earthy undertones.
Yet, Haze strains are not really what one would call a favourite among growers, since they can be quite difficult to care for. They can be picky and unforgiving and require careful attention to achieve good results. The flowering time of Hazes can also be excruciatingly long: some haze strains take up to 16 weeks for the plants to mature. Because of these downsides, Haze strains may be less suited for beginner (or impatient) growers. On the other hand, those who grow Hazes don’t usually mind the hassle. They know that their hard work and patience will be rewarded with the best cannabis one can grow!
• Possible genetic roots: Colombian Gold, Acapulco Gold, Mexican Sativa, Thai or Indian Sativa
• Flavour: spicy, sweet, earthy, woody, citrusy
• Effects: cerebral, energetic, creative, uplifting, motivating, euphoric, psychedelic
• Therapeutic uses: anti-inflammatory, stress relief
THE STORY OF THE HAZE—THE ORIGINS
The story of Haze family of strains begins back in the 1960s and 1970s on the West Coast of the United States. It is believed that the first Hazes have been created by two growers in Santa Cruz, California, the legendary “Haze Brothers”. The alternative medicinal journal “Treating Yourself Magazine” has an article in their #14 issue where they say that Sam “The Skunkman” (the legendary breeder of the Skunk #1) knew the two brothers, “R. Haze” and “J. Haze”. The article continues to say that the two didn’t really set out to breed a particular strain, but that it happened by pure chance when they hybridized some seeds which they had available at that time.
WHAT’S IN A HAZE? NO ONE REALLY KNOWS
The exact genetics behind the Haze are not known and are subject to speculation. Back at the time when the Haze Brothers experimented with their strains, many different cannabis varieties entered the West Coast of the US. It is possible that the first Hazes were crosses between Columbian Gold and Thai landraces, but it’s as much likely that their roots are with Acapulco Gold and Indian landraces, or maybe a combination of all of these.
According to cannabis folklore, Hazes went almost extinct at some point. The reason for this is supposedly the fact that growers didn’t like them too much because the strains were difficult to manage and took a long time to flower.
HOW THE HAZE MADE IT TO EUROPE
How exactly the first Haze seeds made their way from California to Europe is also shrouded in mystery, and there are many stories on how it supposedly happened. Some say that it was Nevil Schoenmakers, the legendary breeder and “cannabis king”, who may have gotten seeds directly from the Haze Brothers in 1969. He would go on breeding the strain and sell it through the famous “The Seed Bank of Holland”, the first seed bank in Europe.
Other sources say that Sam “The Skunkman” brought the seeds to Europe, as he was friends with the Haze Brothers who may have given him seeds sometime in the early 80s. And then there are those who say that it was the Haze Brothers themselves who made a visit to Europe with some seeds in their baggage.
But no matter how the seeds arrived in Holland and who brought them, it didn’t take long until most of the early seed banks were carrying Hazes in their catalogue.
THE HAZE LEGACY
A lot happened since that time in the early 80s, where seed banks carried Hazes with the original Haze Brothers genetics. Many of these early seed banks are now gone and their stock is lost, or has been merged with other brands. Because of that it can be quite difficult to get your hands on the original genetics. Rumour has it, however, that if you just know whom to ask, you may still find a place where you can enjoy one of the original Hazes, like back in the day.
Yet, the popularity of Hazes among cannabis smokers has also given rise to many new hybrids that have their roots in Haze genetics. Some of these new strains may still have the original genetics, or may come close enough, while some other strains add new twists on this timeless classic. Haze legacy, started more than three decades ago, is still very much alive today.
Here is a list of some of the best Haze varieties that you can get in the Royal Queen Seeds online store:
SHINING SILVER HAZE
The award-winning Shining Silver Haze is a mind-blowing cross between Northern Lights, Skunk and Haze. If you can wait the 9 to 11 weeks, which the lady requires for flowering, you will be rewarded with good amounts (up to 650g/m²) of some truly outstanding bud. With her powerful and long-lasting sativa effect that is uplifting, creative and energetic, she is a big favourite among sativa lovers. She also has a deliciously sweet flavour, which gives the strain a pleasantly smooth smoke.
The Haze family line is one of the most THC-potent strains that cannabis has to offer. It is adored for its uplifting, euphoric, and even psychedelic mental experience while allowing the user to remain physically active